August 2015

RECongress 2016 (#1)

RECongress Theme Announced

We invite you to attend the 2016 Los Angeles Religious Education Congress. The theme for our event — "Boundless Mercy" / "Misericordia Inagotable" — is drawn from the readings of the Third Sunday in Lent (First Reading: Ex 17:3-7; Second Reading: Rom 5:1-2, 5-8; Gospel: Jn 4:5-42).


And with Congress 2016, we celebrate the 60th anniversary of our first event! In 1956, the first CCD Institute was held at Mount Carmel High School on Hoover Street in Los Angeles. There were some 500 teachers and catechists in attendance at the two-day conference, listening to speakers and gaining experience from other teachers. Read about the Congress Milestones.

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Congress 2016 Logo

Again this year Valerie MacRae has envisioned our Congress logo. She designs the covers of the Registration and Program books in addition to the environment in the Arena and plans Sacred
Read her reflection on the logo. Val teaches art at St. John Bosco High School, while still creating commercial work under Val MacRae Designs.

Youth Day 2015 Video

We had over 15,000 high school students and adults gather for Youth Day 2015 on March 12, 2015, at the Anaheim Convention Center. Watch the video by Alanzo Moreno - The Making featuring the Youth Day 2015 theme song "Talk Jesus" written and performed by Jeremy and Ryan. Enjoy the video and see you at Youth Day 2016 — February 25, 2016!

RECongress 2015 Slideshow the just-released video of highlights from last year's Religious Education Congress set to the 2015 Theme Song, "See Through the Eyes of Love" by John Angotti, Meredith Augustin, James T. Brown and Gary Daigle. You can find all our videos about Congress on our RECongress Channel on YouTube.

2006 Throwback

This month we take a look back at Congress 2006 -- just 10 years ago from Congress 2016.

Congress 2006 Saturday Keynote – 8:30 a.m. - Arena
“Come Out, Lazarus: The Church as a Sign of Hope and Freedom”
Our world is in need of hope for the future and a message of freedom. As St. Paul wrote, “For freedom Christ has set us free.” How can the Church be the bearer of this message? What are the signs of hope that we can offer to a world that has an uncertain future?

Congress 2006 Sunday English Address
Convention Ballroom AB – 8:30 a.m.
“Toward a Spirituality of Deeper Commitment – Radical Sobriety, Radical Transparency, Radical Prayer”

The invitations that Jesus gives us deepen as we age and grow more mature, demanding of us always an increasing sobriety, transparency and intimacy within prayer. What does discipleship ask of us beyond simply having our lives in order, going to church, being concerned for justice, and being decent, good human beings? Some principles for deeper commitment will also be revealed.

Congress 2006 Sunday Spanish Address/Discurso
Hall B – Domingo, 8:30 a.m.
“Donde dos o tres estén reunidos…”
Queremos mirar de cerca a la manera que nos relacionamos los unos con los otros. La comunidad cristiana se constituye cuando estamos juntos … ¡y usualmente tenemos problemas! Hablemos de como nos.


Take a throwback look at Congress 2006 on our web site at

Our Web Site -

You can find all Congress information and updates online. Our upcoming RECongress Emailings will feature some Congress Spotlights, and we will be adding speaker and hotel information online. Check our site for updates and announcements.

RECongress Emailing

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RECongress 2016

RECongress Dates
February 25 (Youth Day) &
February 26-28, 2016

2016 Congress Theme
"Boundless Mercy" / "Misericordia Inagotable"

2016 Youth Day Theme

Youth Day page »

2016 Theme Reflection
See a reflection on the 2016 Congress logo.

Read the Reflection »

Anaheim Convention Center
800 West Katella Ave.
Anaheim, Calif. 92802
(just south of Disneyland and Disney California Adventure). 
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The key to registration is the Registration Guidebook. If you attended RECongress 2015, you will automatically be mailed a Guidebook (available in October). If you need one, you may order one here.
Order a Guidebook »

Congress Milestones
1956 - first two-day CCD Institute (500 teachers in attendance)
1967 - first three-day “Southern California Confraternity Congress ” (7,000 in attendance)
1970 - Confraternity of Catholic Doctrine Congress moves to Anaheim Convention Center (10,000 in attendance)
1976 - Diocese of Orange established
1971 - first Youth Rally held
1972 - jubilee Mass to commemorate 50 years of CCD in Archdiocese
1973 - first "Religious Education Congress" as CCD office renamed to Office of Religious Education 
See the REC Milestones »

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